Treating Arthritis: Medicine, Myth, and Magic

Treating Arthritis: Medicine, Myth, and Magic

Treating Arthritis: Medicine, Myth, and Magic

Treating Arthritis: Medicine, Myth, and Magic

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You now live in a box. The box is a disease called arthritis. Sometimes you function better than other times, but the box is always there as a reminder that you are not what you were, limiting your social life and your physical ability with pain and fatigue. Responding to "How are you?" becomes a study in self‐ control, for when your life is dominated by pain you just don't want to talk about it. You hate to think about waking up in the morning because you're always stiff and sore and getting up isn't much fun. When you move during your sleep you hurt yourself and the pain wakes you up. When you see your toes beginning to curl out of shape you are grateful for shoes and socks because no one else will see your deformed toes. It bothers you when people see the bumps on your elbows so you keep them covered with long sleeves. You get scared when you look at your hands because you can see them gradually deform-

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